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The National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida presents rich collections from the period of Roman civilization. Exhibits include ceramics, glass, coins, epigraphs, paintings, sculptures, mosaics, documents and tombstones. Most of the items come from the archaeological site in Merida, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The museum tries to show all aspects of life in the Roman colony in the Iberian Peninsula. In addition, there is an archive, a library, warehouses, an auditorium as well as workshop and administrative rooms.
The museum was officially opened to visitors in 1986. The building was built especially for the exhibition space according to the design of Rafael Moneo Valles. The museum uses and harmoniously coexists with the ancient Roman amphitheater, the Roman Way and the theater that they find in this place.